• As ICAO chief meets Buhari, stakeholders
Aviation workers acting under the aegis of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) have petitioned the Minister of State Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, over what they described as exorbitant and multiple taxes/fees imposed on handling companies by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
The union, according to its acting general secretary, Olayinka Abioye, faulted arbitrary imposition of punitive, irregular and multiple taxes by FAAN without recourse to established rules.
The union accused FAAN of gross insensitivity in the matter, which it said could trigger imminent crisis between the airport authority and ground handling companies, comprising Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) and the Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCOL), on account of failure to carry them along before any increase in tariff.
NUATE said it was necessary to draw the minister’s attention to what FAAN had done by attempting to impose multiple taxes without carrying service users along with its attendant consequences on the industry.
Abioye listed the arbitrary charges imposed by FAAN on ground rent per square metre of office space per annum and workers are to pay N15,000 per annum.
Meanwhile, the President, International Civil Avia
tion Organisation (ICAO) Council, Dr. Olumuyiwa Bernard Aliu has arrived Nigeria on an official visit.
A Nigerian, Aliu is the first black man to head the global civil aviation body.
During his visit, he will meet with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja and other key stakeholders in the industry.
Spokesman of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Sam Adurogboye, said the ICAO chief will participate in several other programmes lined up in the aviation industry.
ICAO Council Nigerian Representative, Mr. Martins Nwafor had arrived earlier ahead of the Aliu’s official visit to the country.
Before his election on November, 18, 2013, he had served for eight years as the ICAO Council’s Nigerian Representative.
He was the pioneer Director of Air Transport Regulation (DATR) at the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) from 2000 – 2004.
He succeeded Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez of Mexico.
During Dr Aliu’s 2014 – 2016 triennium, ICAO has established five comprehensive strategic objectives.
These are Safety, Air Navigation Capacity and Efficiency, Security and Facilitation, Economic Development of Air Transport and Environment Protection.
ICAO has 191 member countries.